Being in the industry, I see a lot of opposing viewpoints when it comes to nutrition and exercise.
I can see why it is so confusing for the average person to figure out what they NEED to be doing.
Here is a great realization that I have made recently – the fitness/nutrition world is just like America right now. I would say about 98% of people in the industry agree on most stuff – and then you have the other 1% on each end of the spectrum.
Unfortunately, these 1%’ers on bot are the ones that make all the noise.
- “If you drink tap water you will die!”
- “If you eat 5 grams of sugar, your will die”
- “Lifting weights makes women bulky”
- “Cardio is the only way to lose fat”
Pardon my le français, but STFU. These aren’t even the most extreme things I have heard, but it blows my mind what people choose to fixate on, and what they passively ignore.
“What supplements should I take?” – “What do you currently eat daily?”…. Crickets….
Supplements mean absolutely, 1000%, jack if you have no clue what you currently eat. I’m not saying it has to be meticulous tracking for the average Joe or Jane looking to lose weight, but you need to be aware of how much you eat.
I could go on about different examples, but here is the deal. Stop over complicating things.
We all know what we should be eating mostly, and what we should be limiting, so I’m not going to even go down that road.
We all know that exercise is good for us, and we should be doing more of it, so I’m not going to go down that road either.
But when was the last time you actually wrote down, or at least thought about what you ate?
When was the last time you worked out, and it felt good, and you felt good after?
When was the last time you enjoyed a day at work?
When was the last time you took time to breathe?
Wait, where am I getting with this?
Do you think that losing 20 pounds will make you happier? It might, but why are you unhappy in the first place? Really, WHY? It likely isn’t just that 20 pounds.
Focusing on improving your nutrition and working out like a #beast is great, but NONE of that will change your life, make you happier, or arguably make you more healthy – if you don’t look at your LIFE as a whole.
So let’s stop fixating on whether or not you should eat 22 or 24% of your calories from fat, or eat 0.8 or 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight…and start fixating on living a wholesome and happy life.
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Stay healthy my friends,